Unbeaten Gale leads Vikings to six-wicket T20 victory

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Yorkshire made it two wins out of two in this season’s NatWest T20 Blast by beating Nottinghamshire by six wickets at Trent Bridge, last night.

Set to score 144, the visitors chased down their target with seven balls to spare, with captain Andrew Gale hitting an unbeaten 68.

Gale scored his runs from 55 balls, hitting five fours and a six and in the process he became the first Yorkshire batsman to pass 2,000 runs in T20 cricket.

Earlier, the Outlaws posted 143-7 after being asked to bat first, with Samit Patel top-scoring with 41, made from 27 deliveries, with two fours and a couple of maximums.

Notts reached half way with 75-3 already on the board but Liam Plunkett, who finished with 2-18 from his four overs, then had James Taylor caught behind by Vikings’ Jonny Bairstow for only three.

Riki Wessels and Brendan Taylor had fallen inside the first six powerplay overs, both to catches in the deep by Matthew Fisher. Patel hit both Rich Pyrah and Maxwell (0-20) for sixes but once he had fallen, also nicking through to Jonny Bairstow after being beaten by the flight and bounce of Adil Rashid, Steven Mullaney was left to muster as many as he could from the closing overs.

He muscled his way to 38 from 28 balls, before being run out looking for a second from the final ball of the innings.

Although Harry Gurney bowled a maiden at the start of the Yorkshire reply, Gale and Andrew Hodd were quickly into their stride and added 61 for the first wicket in 8.3 overs.

The stand was broken when Hodd drilled a Patel half volley into the hands of James Taylor at extra cover, for 22, and Alex Lees went in similar fashion in the next over, hitting Mullaney, who finished with 2-27, to the same fielder.

Bairstow fell victim to the second unusual catch of the evening. The England international skied the ball high over his head and a collision between Brendan Taylor and Luke Fletcher appeared inevitable as both charged for the dropping ball, which somehow bobbled off Taylor’s body and into his gloves.

Gale passed his 50 from 43 deliveries and remained to see his side over the finishing line, winning the match with a six off Sam Wood, although Maxwell was not there to accompany him, after falling for a quickfire 20.